One of my greatest influences in fashion are rock stars and their amazing girlfriends. I had walls filled with images of the greatest pairings in fashion and rock and roll: Mick and Bianca Jagger, Keith Richards and Patti Hansen, etc. But one of my favorites ever is widely disputed: the alleged tryst between rocker Bob Dylan and tragic Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick.
Inspired by both their style, I wanted to create this pairing, with Bob’s striped pants and Edie’s love of long sweaters and even longer, bigger earrings. It’s essentially the way I dress: rocker style mixed with menswear and a touch of glam.
It’s taken me years to be able to define it that way. That felt really good. Wow.
I used to model myself after women like Edie. If you’d asked me even a year or so ago what I thought my relationship future would look like, I would probably have told you that I would eventually write for Rolling Stone and marry some aged rock hero, that my life would eventually end in flames. But after discovering that life is really just fine without trailing someone on a tour bus and that I can create my own rock and roll-inspired adventure without all the, you know, drama, I’m happy to keep those dreams of a teenaged variety. I’ve gotten my fix from years of dating bad boys. I’m all good.
See also: this is my boyfriend’s cashmere sweater. Like I said, I have a tendency to “borrow” items from the men in my life. I gave it back, but he knows I’ve had my hands all over it. Oh well, to know me is to embrace all of me, including my propensity to acquire clothing from you.
In the end, I decided to create my own rock and roll lifestyle, and I think it’s working out rather well. But I still love to eye photos of Edie for inspiration, and Dylan’s music and I are in a long-term music relationship.
These ASOS pants and I are going to go the distance, I believe? They add a little mod magic that brightens up my look, even if it is just classic black and white.
Oh, and a note about wearing stripes as a curvier girl. There are plenty of fashion rules that say that since I have hips and curves that I shouldn’t rock canvas stripes. I like how the longer sweater adds balance to the look, so I’m shrugging my shoulders at that one. I tend to take a note from Gabi Gregg’s book on this one: wear what you like, damn the rules.